SEEKING ANSWERS: Tanya Pearson, from Suffolk Park, with a photograph of her mother Caroline Pitt, who died in a car accident last month.
SEEKING ANSWERS: Tanya Pearson, from Suffolk Park, with a photograph of her mother Caroline Pitt, who died in a car accident last month. Cathy Adams

Agony for crash victim's family

THE family of a Byron Bay woman killed in a car crash last month may have to wait for eight weeks before they learn what caused the accident.

Caroline Pitt, 56, a popular local restaurateur, died when her Toyota Rav4 hit a power pole on Bangalow Road on August 22.

Her daughter, Tanya Pearson, said yesterday that she was desperate for answers to why her mother's car crossed to the wrong side of the road, and why she was not wearing a seatbelt.

“Mum always wore a seatbelt. Police thought she may have had a heart attack and taken it off to clutch at her chest,” Tanya said.

But a Coroner's report had found no evidence of a coronary attack or underlying heart problems.

It found the cause of death was from internal injuries.

“I was almost hoping that it was her heart because it would give us some certainty. Now, I'm just asking: Okay, so what happened?” Tanya said.

Tanya, 31, her husband Terry and their two sons, Jake, 3, and Marcus, five weeks, were staying at her parents' home on the night of the accident, while their own newly-bought house down the road was being refurbished.

“Mum, as usual, was up late, tidying up.”

She went into town at 1am to pick up her 17-year-old son when the accident occurred.

A volunteer firefighter was one of the first on the scene and held her mother's hand as she lay trapped in the car, Tanya said.

“He told us that mum was unconscious, but that she looked as if she would get up and walk the next day. There was no sign of an injury, just a small mark on her lip.”

But she died soon after she arrived at Byron Bay Hospital.

Tanya said her father Tony had been devastated by the loss of his wife of 30 years, and that Jake had been asking what had happened to Nana Caroline.

“It's very surreal that she isn't here any more. I keep expecting to see her,” she said.

“I would like to thank everyone. People at her funeral kept saying how beautiful a lady she was, and I don't think she ever really knew that.”

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